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June 2015
Annique Monet
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Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

 
The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Television
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
Swans
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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Indie Releases Round-UP: Right On Dynamite, Noxious Foxes, My Pet Dragon, Ultraviolet Astronomy.

Indie Releases Round-UP: Right On Dynamite, Noxious Foxes, My Pet Dragon, Ultraviolet Astronomy.

Grab your beach gear, cover yourself in sun block, and sport your best noise-canceling headphones: it’s the first week of August, and the city that never sleeps is set to drop yet another batch of releases.



Scene semi-veterans and Brooklyn natives Right on Dynamite play a rather aggressive brand of garage rock with surf tinges, and are (finally) about to release their debut album "In Vino Veritas", out September 13th. The bands’ up- beat lyrics, and simple, yet memorable compositions combine for a sound similar to The Strokes, Rooney, and Phoenix…all in one. These self-branded surf rock/indie dudes will stage their repertoire at The Music Hall of Williamsburg opening for White Rabbits, on August 3rd - the show is sold out though...


Instrumentalists or, more appropriately, math experimentalists, Noxious Foxes    this week will release their third album entitled "Legs". Unexpected, quirky, and avant-garde are only a few adjectives to describe this musical duo's compositions. Edgy, uber-mathy beats and inventive guitar parts combine for a unique, dark, tense sound. We definitely recommend you to venture into Spike Hill’s dimly lit walls for this duets’ performance on the 27th.



If punchy rock isn’t quite your scene, then you might be interested in the music of minimalistic male-female duo Ultraviolet Astronomy (pictured above). Their Eighties-inspired shy-pop is injected with plenty of synthesized beats and sounds, and it's at once progressive and extremely melodic. Expect the group’s sophomore EP   "MVMNT" out on August 2nd.



“Gimme That Sound Productions” anticipates the release of My Pet Dragon’s sophomore LP, "Mountains and Cities", August 2nd. Catchy vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and steady drumbeats meld into a breezy indie/pop-rock album. Songs like "Majestic Lovers" and "Flow" entrance listeners with dance-inducing rhythms, and herald the ideal soundtrack for that cross-country, convertible drive under Augusts’ everlasting sunshine. Don't own a car? Don’t worry, you can take a train to this NYC-based bands’ upcoming gig at The Mercury Lounge on August 5th. - Madi Silvers
 

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